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Muhammad Kani Rowthan Vs. Visvanatha Aiyar and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectProperty
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported in(1902)12MLJ471
AppellantMuhammad Kani Rowthan
RespondentVisvanatha Aiyar and ors.
Excerpt:
- .....long as the interests of the 5th defendant were protected by the decree for sale being subject to his mortgage, it was entirely immaterial to him whether it was subject to other mortgages or not. there was no question of priority or of redemption gone into and the rights of the parties were not further dealt with than by making the decree for sale subject to certain encumbrances of which the 5th defendant's was one. in these circumstances there was no res judicata as between the 5th defendant and his co-defendants.2. the decrees of both the lower courts must be reversed and the suit remanded to the court of first instance for disposal according to law. the costs in this and in the lower appellate court will be costs in the cause.
Judgment:

1. Though in the former suit the question whether each of the defendants had mortgages upon the property was a matter which was in issue between the plaintiff and the respective defendants, there was no such issue as between the defendants themselves. So long as the interests of the 5th defendant were protected by the decree for sale being subject to his mortgage, it was entirely immaterial to him whether it was subject to other mortgages or not. There was no question of priority or of redemption gone into and the rights of the parties were not further dealt with than by making the decree for sale subject to certain encumbrances of which the 5th defendant's was one. In these circumstances there was no res judicata as between the 5th defendant and his co-defendants.

2. The decrees of both the lower Courts must be reversed and the suit remanded to the Court of First Instance for disposal according to law. The costs in this and in the lower appellate Court will be costs in the cause.


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